OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
George Clooney (Michael Clayton)
Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl)
Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild)
Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)
Score: 2/5. Predicted Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Frank Langella (Starting Out in the Evening), and James McAvoy (Atonement) instead of Gosling, Hirsch, and Mortensen. The Actors sure love Gosling. Great for Viggo! Poor James, snubbed again.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN LEADING ROLE
Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
Julie Christie (Away From Her)
Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart)
Ellen Page (Juno)
Score: 4/5. Predicted Laura Linney (The Savages) instead of Jolie. The nod for Angelina is so well deserved. This final crucial snub practically eliminates Linney's Oscar chances.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)
Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild)
Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men)
Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)
Score: 4/5. Predicted Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson's War) instead of Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men). Did anyone see the nod for Jones coming?
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There)
Ruby Dee (American Gangster)
Catherine Keener (Into the Wild)
Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)
Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)
Score: 3/5. Predicted Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement) and Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) instead of Ruby Dee (American Gangster) and Catherine Keener (Into the Wild). The Actors also love their Keener. What just happened to Atonement?
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
3:10 to Yuma
Into the Wild
No Country for Old Men
Score: 1/5! Predicted Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street instead of 3:10 to Yuma, American Gangster, Hairspray, and Into the Wild. Nice to see notice for Yuma and Gangster, two of my favorite films this year.
Significant snubs for Atonement and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with zero nomination each (not even Johnny Depp, who won here for his Jack Sparrow role over Sean Penn and Bill Murray). The snubs for Juno and There Will Be Blood should have been expected, as only their leads are getting substantial ink. Great boosts to American Gangster and Into the Wild coming into the homestretch.